There are some wines that you hold, and look at them with respect. You sense history, and you cuddle it and manoeuvre carefully. You gently extract the cork and pour its golden content into a decanter just to properly aerate and spread its lungs after twenty-one years of confinement in the bottle. Yes, this is the story of Šturm‘s Sauvignon Blanc, produced in the year 2000.
Looking at it, we could say it is an essential piece of the historical puzzle of Bela Krajina’s winemaking. It marks the beginnings of the production of macerated white wines. At the time, vines that were planted in marl soil counted for ten years.
Fully ripe grapes were picked and destemmed. Only the healthiest, whole berries were put to ferment in oak barrels. This means they did both alcoholic and intracellular fermentation in fourteen days. The wine was then left to mature in a combination of used and new barriqe barrels for three years. It was then bottled without filtration and waited patiently in the cellar for all this time.
This Sauvignon Blanc shows a crystal clear, golden yellow colour with dense texture.
The bouquet is intense, ripe, but we still notice dried fruit from apple slices, papaya, mango, and a note of wax, honey, caramel. Slowly aromas of eucalyptus, mint, honey, wool, white peppercorns, nutmeg start to express themselves.
The taste is soft and at the same time still crisply fresh and minerally slaty. It takes us on a journey of intensity with a lasting aftertaste. The wine testifies that it still has a long way to go because of its freshness, which is still pronounced. Flavours of caramel and roasted hazelnuts are particularly pronounced on the palate.
It is a noble wine that has reached its peak but will remain here for at least the next five years, if not even more!
Honestly, I’m feeling like the luckiest man in the World to have been able to taste this hidden gem, as I hear not many have tried it … The wine is still patiently waiting in the cellar, and a time will come when it will be presented to the audience. But until then, hopefully, these lines will give you an impression and expression of what Bela Krajina’s terroir can offer.
And as borders and activities are opening, I’m strongly suggesting you pay a visit to the Šturm wine cellar and inn. You’ll be in for a genuine, enogastronomic treat.